Our Favorite Fall Leaf-Peeping Drives

Posted by Jennifer Apel on Monday, September 19th, 2022 at 11:55am

Whether you've been a Colorado Local for years, or are just experiencing fall on the Front Range for the first time, you'll enjoy seeing the beautiful transformation of the Aspen leaves. From soft green to vibrant yellow, the turning Aspen leaves make a picturesque drive for everyone. They shimmer and rustle when the wind blows and sometimes even cascade across your car in a strong gust. You might even catch a peek at some of the mountain wildlife along the way! Peak Aspen color in 2022 is expected from mid-September through early October for the regions West of Denver.

Here are a few of our favorite cruises to take in the dancing golden leaves!


Photo by Joshua Woroniecki on Unsplash


Guanella Pass

North Side      I-70 in Georgetown
South Side      Hwy 285 in Grant
Distance         23 Miles
Warnings        Some Tight Curves
Peak Views     Mid-Late September


Independence Pass

North Side      Hwy 24 in Granite
South Side      Hwy 82 in Aspen
Distance         40 Miles
Warnings        Steep/Tight Curves
Peak Views     Early October


Peak-to-Peak Byway

North Side      Hwy 119 in Central City
South Side      Hwy 7 in Estes Park
Distance         55 Miles
Warnings        None/Casual Drive
Peak Views     Mid-Late September


Top of the Rockies

North Side      I-70 in Minturn
South Side      Hwy 24 in Granite
Distance         115 Miles
Warnings        3-Hour Drive Time
Peak Views     Early October

Trail Ridge Road*

North Side      Hwy 36 in RMNP
South Side      Hwy 34 in Grand Lake
Distance         48 Miles
Warnings        Snow/Ice/Closure
Peak Views     Mid-Late September


Bear Lake Road*

North Side      Hwy 36 in RMNP
South Side      Bear Lake Trailhead
Distance         11 Miles
Warnings        In/Out Roadway
Peak Views     Mid-Late September


*Both Trail Ridge Road and Bear Lake Road are located within Rocky Mountain National Park. Reservations are required at NPS.gov to access these roads. 




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